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La Fleur 2015 Almanac

Vol. 71 No.2 - Monday April 20, 2015

A weekly snapshot of the top lottery and gaming news stories
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  • International Game Technology Announced that GTECH Corporation Signs Contract to Provide New Lottery Technology and Ongoing Services to the Minnesota State Lottery. Full Story.
  • Lucky Winner Hits $1.1M Jackpot on Bally MILLIONAIRE SEVENS™ at California Casino. Full Story.
  • Gaming Laboratories International Deliver Testing and Certification Services for the Launch of Shared Liquidity Internet Gaming System. Full Story.
  • Government Calls for Submissions for Post-2018 Lotteries Licence Arrangements. Full Story.
  • National Lottery Launch Next Stage of 'Life Changing' Journey with New Brand Identity. Full Story.
  • Georgia Lottery Corporation Transfer $261 Million to Education. Full Story.
  • Hoosiers Score on MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB™ TV Game Show. Full Story.
  • New Focus on Research and Treatment of Problem Gambling. Full Story.
  • Nation’s Top Law Enforcement Officials to Partner with Gaming Association to Combat Illegal Gambling. Full Story.
  • Global Betting and Gaming Consultant CEO to Chair the 2015 iGaming Forum in Stockholm. Full Story.
  • Inspired to Provide 3,960 Video Lottery Terminals to OPAP. Full Story.
  • Lottovate: Striking Out in Support of Responsible Gaming. Full Story.
  • Leading Online and Mobile Game Supplier iSoftBet Granted UK Licence. Full Story.
  • Hong Kong Jockey Club Announce Appointment of Executive Director of Legal and Compliance. Full Story.
  • Florida Brings Home An $80 Million Powerball® Jackpot Win! Full Story.

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International Game Technology Announced that GTECH Corporation Signs Contract to Provide New Lottery Technology and Ongoing Services to the Minnesota State Lottery

LONDON, U.K. (April 15, 2015) -- International Game Technology PLC (NYSE:IGT) ("IGT") announced that its subsidiary GTECH Corporation ("the Company") has entered into a contract with the Minnesota State Lottery to provide new lottery technology, an IP-communications network, multimedia displays, self-service products, and ongoing support services, following a competitive procurement. The 7.5 year integrated services contract with the Lottery contains three renewal options of one year each, or up to one renewal of three years, or any variation thereof.

The Company expects to receive approximately $75 million to $80 million in revenues over the base 7.5 year contract period, which runs through August 9, 2023. The Minnesota State Lottery has been a valued customer since 2003.

"The Minnesota State Lottery has built its success based upon strong retailer relationships and understanding its players' preferences," said IGT CEO of North America Lottery Michael Chambrello. "We will continue to work in partnership with this forward-thinking lottery to offer the most appropriate technology solutions and a diversified product mix tailored to meet the ever-changing needs of the Lottery's retail landscape, and adapt as its business evolves over the next seven-and-a-half years. As well, we will remain focused on maximizing profitability for the Lottery by continually searching for ways to grow sales while operating effectively and efficiently."

"IGT is the right partner for building on the Lottery's 25 years of success and maximizing the Lottery's contribution to the State of Minnesota," said Minnesota State Lottery Executive Director Ed Van Petten.


Under the terms of the contract, the Company will provide the Minnesota State Lottery with innovative, expandable technology, a flexible set of retail solutions, and data-driven, decision-making tools to help increase revenues to the State of Minnesota. The Company will also replace the Lottery's existing central system with the latest version of Enterprise Series (ES) central system solution to support all levels of the Lottery's sales growth. The Request for Proposals (RFP) also called for the replacement of the Lottery's existing terminal base with approximately 3,200 new Altura® GT1200 terminals. The latest ES MultiMedia digital advertising display solution will be provided to stimulate increased brand awareness, winner awareness, and player recognition of jackpots and game activities, directly at the point-of-sale, as well as Ticket-Scan® Plus self-service ticket checkers for players. In addition, the Company will replace the current communications network with a combination of VSAT technology and Dual Comm Inside.

The Company will maintain its primary data center in Roseville, Minnesota, and its backup data center in Austin, Texas, providing ongoing services such as operation and maintenance of the central system; maintenance of the terminals and communications network; field services; retailer training; and hotline management.

Proceeds from the Minnesota State Lottery benefit the Game and Fish Fund, Natural Resource Fund, and the Environment and Natural Resource Trust Fund, among other good causes.

About IGT

IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all regulated segments and channels, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of prime content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has approximately $6 billion in revenues and more than 13,000 employees. For more information, please visit

Contact: Robert K. Vincent, Corporate Communications, (401) 392-7452

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Lucky Winner Hits $1.1M Jackpot on Bally MILLIONAIRE SEVENS™ at California Casino

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (April 8, 2015) -- Scientific Games Corporation (“Scientific Games” or “the Company”) today announced that its Bally Millionaire Sevens™ wide-area progressive slot link hit for more than $1.1 million at Eagle Mountain Casino in Porterville, Calif., on March 10.

The lucky winner, a waitress name Harriet Mellinger from Shafter, Calif., hit the life-changing jackpot while playing the one-cent denomination 1,000,000 Degrees Triple Blazing 7s Wild Jackpot game. Mellinger said she was drawn to the game when she walked into the casino. The jackpot, which hit at about 9:30 p.m. PST, paid a total of $1,168,555.17.


Matthew Mingrone, General Manager for Eagle Mountain Casino, said, “We’re so happy that Scientific Games is helping us maintain our position as one of the most generous casinos in California and the slot player’s best bet for big time slot wins!

The exciting Bally Millionaire Sevens wide-area progressive features an initial million-dollar top award that increases the more the linked games are played. The mammoth Millionaire Sevens jackpot can be hit by players at any one of many participating casinos in California, Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, and New Jersey.

Dean Ehrlich, Senior Vice President of Global Gaming Operations, said, “We are thrilled to share in this exciting moment with Ms. Mellinger and Eagle Mountain Casino. We congratulate her for this outstanding jackpot!

About Scientific Games

Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) is a leading developer of technology-based products and services and associated content for worldwide gaming, lottery and interactive markets. The Company’s portfolio includes gaming machines, game content and systems; table games products and utilities; instant and draw-based lottery games; server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting technology; loyalty and rewards programs; and interactive content and services. For more information, please visit

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.



Gaming Laboratories International Deliver Testing and Certification Services for the Launch of Shared Liquidity Internet Gaming System

LAKEWOOD, New Jersey (April 15, 2015) - Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has successfully completed testing and certification services for the first shared liquidity internet gaming system in the United States.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board and the Delaware State Lottery are the first regulatory agencies to pioneer the integration of player pools across multiple domestic regulated markets. GLI was tasked with ensuring regulatory compliance and financial auditing and worked very collaboratively with the regulators and operators on various objectives throughout the planning and deployment phases of this initiative.

As part of its process, GLI assembled a team of industry experts to tackle objectives covering analysis of regulatory overlap, component certification, report auditing, data migration and security evaluation.

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"We are happy to have been engaged, as GLI was appointed as the testing and certification laboratory to ensure compliance against all relevant and applicable requirements for the states of Nevada and Delaware. It was a monumental effort by Jim Barbee, Chief of the Technology Division at the Nevada State Gaming Control Board Gaming Division, Rebecca Goldsmith, Deputy Director of the Delaware Lottery, and GLI Engineering along with their incredible teams. It was their hard work and dedication that brought the shared liquidity endeavor to fruition," said GLI Vice President of Global Services Ian Hughes.

"The shared liquidly project carries significant importance as it is a critical step in the further development of a strong poker ecosystem within the United States, and we are honored to have been chosen to conduct the testing," he added.

GLI tests and evaluates iGaming platforms and systems for domestic and global markets. GLI also provides consultation and professional services to established and emerging iGaming jurisdictions worldwide, in addition to the land-based and lottery jurisdictions the company serves.

Gaming Laboratories International, LLC

For more than 25 years, Gaming Laboratories International, LLC has continuously delivered THE best quality land-based and iGaming testing and consulting services with supreme accuracy while reducing time to market. With 21 laboratory locations spread across Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, North America and South America, GLI is the only global organization of its kind to hold U.S. and international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. For more information, visit:

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International, LLC.



Government Calls for Submissions for Post-2018 Lotteries Licence Arrangements

VICTORIA, Australia (April 13, 2015) -- The Department of Justice & Regulation is seeking the community’s views on current and future licensing arrangements for public lotteries.

A consultation paper setting out information on the current regulatory arrangements in Victoria and other jurisdictions, options and issues for consideration and information on how to make a submission is now available at

All submissions received will be considered in the development of the policy framework for the future regulatory arrangements for public lotteries in Victoria.

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Submissions will be accepted until close of business on May 19, 2015.

The purpose of this consultation process is to seek the community’s views on current and future licensing arrangements for public lotteries in Victoria.

Information gathered through this process will help inform the development of future regulatory arrangements for public lotteries in Victoria.

A consultation paper has been prepared to provide you with an overview of the current licensing and regulatory framework, as well as options for public lottery licences post-2018. The paper raises issues and questions that are designed to assist you to make a submission. You can, however, raise other issues or provide additional information relevant to public lotteries.

Feedback received in response to this consultation paper will be considered in the development of the policy framework for the future regulatory arrangements for lotteries in Victoria.

How to respond to this consultation paper

You can upload your submission via the link below. A submission can be as long or as short as you like. There is no prescribed format, however responses should be limited to matters pertaining to public lotteries. Submissions on other matters will not be considered. All submissions are due by close of business on 19 May 2015. At the close of the consultation process submissions will be published on the myViews website.


If you have a query about the consultation paper or the consultation process, you can contact the Lotteries Licensing Project on (03) 8684 1928 or by email at: link).

Further consultation

Following consideration of the submissions made in response to this paper, the Lotteries Licensing Project may invite a person who has made a submission to meet to discuss their submission with the project team.

SOURCE: Victoria Department of Justice & Regulation.



National Lottery Launch Next Stage of 'Life Changing' Journey with New Brand Identity

LONDON, U.K. (April 14, 2015) -- Camelot today announced a new brand identity for The National Lottery and its portfolio of games. The refresh is the next stage of the strategy the company has adopted over the last 18 months to further underline its 'Life Changing' purpose and is a natural evolution of the 'Play Makes It Possible' campaign, which has been running since last summer.

The new identity has been developed with international brand consultants, Wolff Olins, and puts the iconic National Lottery 'crossed fingers' - recognised by 95% of the UK adult population - at the heart of every game logo. This is designed to help raise consumer awareness of the full range of games offered by The National Lottery, as well as reinforce the life-changing role each of them plays in creating millionaires and delivering over £33 million every week to Good Causes across the UK.


As part of this, The National Lottery's online Instant Win Games and Scratchcards will be brought together under the umbrella brand 'GameStore' across both digital and retail channels. GameStore will make it much easier for players to identify and play their favourite instant win games wherever they are - and will again reinforce awareness that these games belong to The National Lottery.

Sally Cowdry, Camelot's Marketing & Consumer Director, explained: "We already operate four of the biggest brands in the UK. But, like any major brand, we need to evolve and innovate to ensure we stay relevant and engaging in an increasingly complex and competitive marketplace.

"While most people know that Lotto is part of The National Lottery - largely because it is the flagship game, launched in 1994 - many aren't aware that EuroMillions and Instants are also National Lottery games and play a big role in raising massive sums of money for National Lottery-funded projects.

"This is important because our research clearly shows that, when people - particularly younger consumers - understand that these games contribute to National Lottery funding, they are more positive about our brand. That's why we developed our recent 'Play Makes It Possible' campaign, which has been hugely successful in starting to link all the games together and showing how The National Lottery changes lives - both through creating winners and contributing to Good Causes. This new look and feel is only one part of our overarching 'Life Changing' brand communications strategy, but it signals our continued commitment to constantly adapt so that The National Lottery and its games remain fresh, relevant and appealing in the years ahead."

The rollout of the new brand identity will begin in mid-July across all channels.

For further information, please CONTACT: Camelot Press Office: 020 7632 5711.

SOURCE: Camelot Press Office.


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Georgia Lottery Corporation Transfer $261 Million to Education

ATLANTA, Georgia (April 16, 2015) -- Georgia Lottery Corp. officials announced today another strong quarter with record-breaking results in returns to education. Transfers to the State Treasury's Lottery for Education Account will amount to $261,916,000, surpassing fiscal year 2014 third-quarter transfers by more than $17 million


This is the largest third-quarter transfer in the history of the Georgia Lottery.

The total raised for education in the state of Georgia is now more than $16.2 billion since the lottery's inception in 1993.

"We've completed another quarter, reaching another milestone for the students of Georgia," said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Debbie D. Alford. "We are committed to building on our track record, and we will continue to put all of our efforts into maximizing revenues for HOPE and Pre-K."

During the third fiscal quarter, the Georgia Lottery launched Jumbo Bucks Lotto, a draw game available only in Georgia, Max The Money, a new $30 instant ticket, and the Monopoly family of instant games.

The Georgia Lottery's third quarter spanned from Jan. 1, ending March 31.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $16.2 billion to the state of Georgia for education.

All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia's HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia's Pre-K Program.

More than 1.7 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

SOURCE: Georgia Lottery.




Six lucky players win cash prizes

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (April 13, 2015) - Six Hoosier Lottery players were cash prize winners in the most recent episode of the MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB™ TV Game Show that aired this past weekend.

Audience members Marc Riggins of Muncie, William Craighead of Fort Wayne, Charles Kehrer of Greenfield, Debbie Kaluf of Merrillville and Terrance Bradford of Indianapolis each won $370.37 as part of the "wheelbarrow" section. Bob Murphy of LaGrange was a $1,000 winner after playing a Mini Game, "Zeroes."

The six players were randomly selected to participate in the show, taped in Las Vegas, after playing the MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB Lottery draw game from the Hoosier Lottery and participating in its Second-Chance Drawing.


The Hoosiers were part of the TV Game Show studio audience, which was made up of lottery players from 23 states where MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB Lottery draw game tickets were sold. TV Game Show contestants were selected at random from the lottery winners to play a series of games, such as Community Chest, Ride the Rails and Electric Company. Each offered cash and other prizes, with a total value of up to $2.5 million. The final round offered one lucky contestant a shot at a $1 million prize..

In addition, members of each section, which were named for the iconic MONOPOLY game board tokens, shared in their contestant's winnings from the TV Game Show. Hoosier players were seated in the "wheelbarrow" section.

Actor Billy Gardell ("Mike and Molly," "You, Me and Dupree") served as host of the show, which was taped in Las Vegas in early January.

MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB Lottery game opportunities for Hoosiers continue on April 7, when a Lottery Scratch-off ticket goes on sale. The new MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB Lottery game will offer players the chance to win a four-night, five-day trip for two to Las Vegas, with accommodations at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, by registering their Lottery Scratch tickets at As they build MONOPOLY-themed Lottery Property Sets, they will earn entries into the random drawing to go to Las Vegas.

In addition to the Second-Chance Promotion, the new MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB Lottery Scratch game will offer the players the chance to instantly win top prizes of $200,000. Instant cash prizes in the $5 game range from $5 to $200,000.


The next rounds of game show tapings are scheduled to occur Aug. 2, Aug. 30 and Sept. 27, with drawings on or around June 30, July 28 and Aug. 25, 2015. Cutoff for entries is 11:59 p.m. ET on June 28, July 26 and Aug. 23

Riggins, Craighead, Kehrer, Kaluf, Bradford and Murphy were among 10 Hoosiers randomly selected to participate in the tapings of six episodes in January and another randomly selected 10 players traveled to Las Vegas in February for another six tapings. The groups of 10 were divided into two groups, with each group participating in three tapings.

The MONOPOLY name and logos are trademarks of Hasbro. The distinctive design of the game board, the four corner squares, the MR. MONOPOLY name and character, as well as each of the distinctive elements of the board and playing pieces, are trademarks of Hasbro, Inc. for its property trading game and game equipment. ©1935, 2015 Hasbro, Pawtucket, RI 02862. All Rights Reserved.

About the Hoosier Lottery

Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. The Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million to local police and firefighters' pensions and $30 million to the Teachers' Retirement Fund. In fiscal year 2013, the Hoosier Lottery contributed $164.5 million to the Build Indiana Fund. To learn more about the Hoosier Lottery, visit: Download the official Hoosier Lottery app and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.


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New Focus on Research and Treatment of Problem Gambling

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (April 10, 2015) -- Two to three percent of all Swedes have a problem gambling. Now begins a research initiative on gambling at Lund University, funded by Svenska Spel. At the same time opens Region Skåne up as a centre for the treatment and care of gambling addiction.

Last year, Svenska Spel announced a unique project to build research on problem gambling at Lund University. Anders Håkansson, who received the brand new post of lecturer in addiction medicine with a focus on gambling, focuses its research on preventive measures to prevent gambling addiction.

There is a huge pent-up demand which society is not taken care of, says Anders Hakansson. The suffering is great both for those who are problem gamblers and their families. There is an awful lot to gain for these people if we can provide good care and even preventive work continues Anders Hakansson, who also will work clinically with gambling addiction Addiction Centre in Region Skåne.

Despite the scale of the problem, both the prevention and treatment of those affected have been neglected in Sweden. This also applies to research on the preventive measures which are needed for different risk groups and what type of treatment is most effective. The research on gambling addiction made so far has focused primarily on describing the phenomenon.

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"We need to get better at finding early signs of problem gambling and to identify risk groups. What is it that has greater risk of developing an addiction? We need to target various preventive measures against different persons.

We also want to find out more about comorbidity, ie what other addictions and psychiatric diseases these people have and what the consequences are.

Swedish Games has a mission to work preventative against gambling problem and contributes with 2.5 million per year for five years.

The Swedish Spel prevention of problem gambling, we need more evidence-based knowledge to develop methods to prevent gambling-related problems. I am therefore very pleased that Swedish game can co-finance the service. Ultimately, I hope to get research to real effect on Swedish Spel prevention and that in this way we can further contribute to a healthy development of the gaming market in Sweden," says Lennart Kall, CEO of Svenska Spel..

Better Treatment

Meanwhile, now Regions Skåne's Addiction Centre expanded responsibility. Having previously worked exclusively with alcohol and drug abuse will Beroendecentrum now accepting patients with gambling addiction.

Dependent Care has the last ten years has evolved to include more states than alcohol and drug addiction. Today we also know that comorbidity between different states are very common. We look forward to being able to offer people with gambling problems quality care and genomic research to develop methods that can be used to prevent gambling addiction in people at risk, says Åsa Magnusson, Area Manager at Addiction Center in Malmö.

SOURCE: Svenska Spel.


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Nation’s Top Law Enforcement Officials to Partner with Gaming Association to Combat Illegal Gambling

AGA’s “Stop Illegal Gambling – Play it Safe” initiative aims to protect consumers, jobs and restore revenues to state and local governments

BILOXI, Mississippi (April 13, 2015) -- At a gathering of the nation’s top law enforcement officers today, American Gaming Associations (AGA) President and CEO Geoff Freeman invited attorneys general, police chiefs and other top law enforcement officials to partner with the AGA in its “Stop Illegal Gambling – Play it Safe” initiative to crack down on illegal gambling operations across the country that harm consumers, steal jobs and deprive state and local governments of revenues that pay for vital public services. Freeman spoke at Beau Rivage in Biloxi during the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Presidential Initiative Summit.

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Legal and regulated casino gaming in America is based on a foundation of integrity – something that is sorely lacking in the multi-billion dollar illegal gambling sector,” said Freeman. “Our industry is committed to working with law enforcement to expose illegal gambling, protect consumers and restore the revenue and jobs lost to shady, predatory operators.”

I appreciate the American Gaming Association’s proactive partnership with law enforcement,” said Attorney General Jim Hood, State of Mississippi and NAAG president. “There is clearly a stark difference between the legal regulated gaming market and illegal bad actors that prey on consumers. I am exploring the idea of establishing a committee to address illegal gambling.”

The “Stop Illegal Gambling – Play it Safe” initiative seeks to distinguish the highly regulated, $240 billion legal gaming industry—which supports 1.7 million jobs and generates $38 billion in taxes across 40 states—from the criminal networks that rely on illegal gambling to fund violent crimes and drug and human trafficking. The initiative will focus on four key areas of illegal gambling: illegal sports betting; black market machines; Internet sweepstakes cafes; and illegal online betting.

In January, as the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee began nomination hearings for Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch, AGA sent a letter to Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman, and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), ranking member, to ensure the next attorney general will crack down on illegal gambling activities that are prevalent across the United States. In response to a question about how she would tackle this important issue, Lynch touted her previous work to crack down on illegal gambling and said, “I would welcome the opportunity to work with Congress to address this issue.”

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The American Gaming Association is the premier national trade group representing the $240 billion U.S. casino industry, which supports 1.7 million jobs in 40 states. AGA members include commercial and tribal casino operators, suppliers and other entities affiliated with the gaming industry. It is the mission of the AGA to be the single most effective champion of the industry, relentlessly protecting against harmful and often misinformed public policies, and paving a pathway for growth, innovation and reinvestment.

The National District Attorneys Association represents over 6,000 of America’s prosecutors,” said Michael Moore, president of the National District Attorneys Association and State’s Attorney from Huron, South Dakota. “Illegal gambling transcends all levels of law enforcement and our prosecutors often carry the torch to confront these operations. We’re excited about the initial dialogue with the AGA to pool our expertise to train and equip our nation’s prosecutors with the tools to attack these illegal bad actors head on.”

The Attorneys General take illegal gambling, anti-money laundering, and transnational crime very seriously,” said Karen White, executive director of the Conference of Western Attorneys General. “The Conference of Western Attorneys General and the Alliance Partnership are pleased to partner with the AGA to educate, train, and empower law enforcement in the U.S. and abroad both in July at our Annual Meeting and in October with our counterparts in Mexico. We believe fostering good public and private sector collaboration enhances public safety.”

As the former Director of the Arizona Department of Gaming, I have personally prosecuted the largest gambling- related crimes in my state's history,” said Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. “I’ll be working closely with the American Gaming Association and leading efforts with my peers to attack this growing problem head on.”

SOURCE: The American Gaming Association.



Global Betting and Gaming Consultant CEO to Chair the 2015 iGaming Forum in Stockholm (15 – 17 April)


STOCKHOLM, Sweden (April 14, 2015) -- Over the course of the conference speakers such as Magnus Silfverberg (Betsson), Sven Ivo Brink (mybet), Chris Harrison (Google) and Gustaf Hoffstedt (BOS) will address the themes of globalisation, innovation and individualisation and their influence on internet gambling in Europe and further afield.

There will also be an invite-only national lottery forum on April 17. The national lottery forum will give participants an opportunity to assess the competitive landscape and establish strategies to compete effectively with other operators.

By understanding which platforms and technology to invest in, national lottery operators can develop the games and services their customers want to play.




Inspired to Provide 3,960 Video Lottery Terminals to OPAP

Inspired is contracted to provide nearly 4,000 VLTs to the Greek market, to go live during 2015

LONDON, U.K. (April 16, 2015) -- Inspired announces today that it has signed a contract to provide OPAP S.A. (OPAP) with 3,960 VLTs for the Greek gaming market. OPAP has the exclusive 10-year licence to operate in Greece 35,000 VLTs; 16,500 VLTs through its own network and the remaining 18,500 VLTs will be subcontracted to four to ten sub-concessionaires.

Luke Alvarez, Founder and CEO of Inspired, comments: "OPAP is one of Europe's largest and most established operators and we are proud to be selected as one of their VLT suppliers, following a competitive tender process. We will be launching a significant number of Inspired VLTs in the coming months and we look forward to many years of on-going success in Greece with OPAP."

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Inspired has continued to invest heavily in VLT technology and is the industry's leading integrator of third-party hardware and content via its unique Open API. Inspired is therefore able to provide Greek players with more variety and entertainment, via this combination of Inspired proprietary and third-party games.

For more information about this press release, please contact: / Tel: +44 20 7438 5800

About Inspired (

Inspired is a global technology company, headquartered in London, creating the future of gaming and lottery entertainment. It offers unique Virtuals, Casino, Slots and Video Lottery games and technology in 35 countries around the world.

Having pioneered the invention of networked gaming in the UK over a decade ago, Inspired is at the forefront of the global digital gaming evolution with over 35,000 gaming terminals connected to its leading technology. Via this trusted network, Inspired provides fresh gaming and lottery content to operator-controlled devices in shop, online and on mobile.

Its Virtual Sports are the most original and trusted Virtuals in the world. Created by a BAFTA award-winning team of graphic designers and sports betting experts, Inspired is always pushing the boundaries to create ever more compelling virtual entertainment experiences.

Inspired's customer base includes regulated operators of lotteries, casinos, licensed betting offices, gaming halls, bingo halls and regulated online sportsbooks and casinos. Key customers include major regulated gaming companies such as Sisal, Lottomatica, William Hill, Gala Coral Group, Betfred, Ladbrokes, Genting, Paddy Power, Codere, Sky Vegas, PartyGaming, Fortuna, bet365 and Caliente.

SOURCE: Inspired Gaming.



Lottovate: Striking Out in Support of Responsible Gaming

LONDON, U.K. (April 14, 2015) -- Lottovate, the international digital lottery services provider, is sponsoring Strikes for Responsible Gaming (SFRG), a ten pin bowling event taking place at La Fleur's Lottery Symposium on May 7, 2015. Devised in partnership with the National Council on Problem Gambling and hosted in Washington DC, SFRG is expected to attract over 100 attendees.

Zuriñe Sáez de Viteri, Managing Director of Lottovate, said: "We're proud to sponsor Strikes for Responsible Gaming because it's not only a great opportunity for lottery professionals to come together, network, and support a good cause but it also serves as an important reminder of the responsibilities lotteries have to their customers."

NCPG Executive Director, Keith Whyte said: "We are pleased to again have Lottovate sponsor our Strikes for Responsible Gaming event and to work with them on responsible gaming. We believe that advanced gaming technology can create more informed consumers by providing a greater level of access than ever before to information designed to encourage safe choices and discourage unsafe behavior."

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NCPG stats estimate that over 2 million Americans are currently suffering from gambling addiction - around 1% of the population. A further 4-6 million people are "problem gamblers", whose gambling affects their everyday lives.

Lottovate functions as a marketing partner, digital retailer, and multichannel consultant for lottery companies worldwide.

Sáez de Viteri commented: "As Lottovate's services center on digital play, we're able to implement greater controls than you would find in retail. For example, behavioral analysis enables us to tell how much time someone's spending gaming, how many games they've played, how much they've spent, and more besides: giving us the option to restrict play or provide support to prevent the formation of unhealthy gaming habits."

All of Lottovate's services and solutions are compliant with responsible gaming laws, and it makes a major effort to ensure that the customers of lottery companies are well-informed about the risks of gambling addiction. This includes a €5000 donation to the Centre of Responsible Gaming in the Netherlands (Centrum voor Verantwoord Spelen) and sponsorship of last year's SFRG.

All proceeds from this year's event go towards the NCPG's services, which include the administration of a dedicated 24 hour nationwide telephone helpline accessible by phone, text and chat. Strikes for Responsible Gaming will take place between 6.30pm and 8.30pm at Lucky Strike Lanes, 701 7th Street, Washington DC.

More information can be found on the NCPG website

About Lottovate

Lottovate is passionate about digital lottery and the potential it offers the regulated lottery market, both in increasing revenues and attracting new players, responsibly. Indeed, digital is all we do.

Lottovate's focus is managing player experiences that will deliver results, based on leading eCommerce practices and principles.

Most traditional suppliers to the lottery industry focus on the supply of technology, leaving lotteries to operate and build their businesses. Lottovate works in true partnership with lotteries to build a successful digital channel together on a shared basis, with Lottovate, not only supplying the multi-channel experience, but also managing the digital lottery channel and the day to day operations of attracting and retaining players.

Our services are available in two ways - as a full, end to end, multi-channel operation which we call "The Digital Retailer"; or for those lotteries that already have an interactive proposition, we can manage the player-facing marketing activity to optimise performance as "The Marketing Partner".

We can also offer our insight and experience on a consultancy basis. CONTACT:, Visit:

SOURCE: Lottovate.


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Leading Online and Mobile Game Supplier iSoftBet Granted UK Licence

LONDON, UK (April 9, 2015) -- Leading online and mobile game supplier iSoftBet has recently been granted a remote casino operating licence and software licence by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), enabling the supplier to continue offering its range of superb products to the UK online gambling market.


Licenced in Alderney and with a vast existing gaming portfolio certified in Italy, Spain and Belgium; the company’s newly-acquired UK licence will enhance its position and reputation in the industry, and allow UK operators to provide iSoftBet’s stunning selection of casino software to their players.

iSoftBet CEO Nir Elbaz said: “The accreditation of our UK licence represents another landmark step in the commercial development of iSoftBet. As a leader in providing innovative and exciting gaming products and advocates of responsible gambling, iSoftBet’s newest licence will allow the company to further boost its presence in regulated markets, and provide content to the thriving UK market.”

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With a wealth of knowledge and experience in regulated markets, iSoftBet has quickly become a household name in the online casino industry. Boasting an impressive collection of high-powered games with stunning audio-visual effects, iSoftBet’s unparalleled casino games collection also features a range of unique and innovative HTML5 mobile content along with exclusive branded content and a brand new online and terminal-based sports betting platform. Each of iSoftBet’s products is created to ensure that it meets industry standards and we combine innovation with experience to provide world class gaming software to our partners.

iSoftBet CONTACT: Luci Apostolou, Sales Manager, Tel: +44 (0) 208 133 2907, Email:

SOURCE: iSoftBet.


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Hong Kong Jockey Club Announce Appointment of Executive Director of Legal and Compliance

HONG KONG, SAR (April 6, 2015) -- The Hong Kong Jockey Club today (2 April) announced the appointment of Ms Philana Poon to the position of Executive Director, Legal and Compliance with effect from 1 June 2015. Ms Poon will also be named the Company Secretary of the Club on the same date.

In her new capacity, Ms Poon will oversee the function that brings the Club’s legal and compliance activities together. On the legal front, she will be responsible for safeguarding the Club’s interest and managing the Club’s legal risks while on compliance, she will lead the development of the Club’s compliance framework as well as its implementation and maintenance.


As the Club’s Executive Director of Legal and Compliance, Ms Poon will bring in her business and commercial acumen in working with respective division to ensure the operations and activities of the Club and its subsidiaries are conducted in accordance with the law, both in Hong Kong and other jurisdictions, and to help protect the Club’s rights, brand and reputation.

Ms Poon has over 20 years of post-qualification experience both in in-house and private practice. Prior to joining the Club, she was the Group General Counsel and Company Secretary of the HKT Trust and HKT Limited and the Group Company Secretary of PCCW Limited. Prior to joining PCCW-HKT, She worked for Baker & McKenzie and Lovells (previously Lovell White Durrant). Ms Poon earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and a Doctor of Law degree from Cornell University. In 2014, she was named by Asian Legal Business as Hong Kong’s In-House Lawyer of The Year.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club

Founded in 1884, The Hong Kong Jockey Club is a world-class horse racing operator and Hong Kong’s largest community benefactor, as well as one of Asia’s most prestigious membership clubs. Operating as a not-for-profit organisation, the Club allocates its surplus funds for charitable and community projects. In 2013/14, its donations reached a record $3.6 billion, and in the last decade alone it supported over 1,275 projects. The Club is also Hong Kong’s largest single taxpayer, contributing a record HK$19.58 billion in 2013/14. With about 70% of its revenue given back to society every year through donations and tax contributions, The Hong Kong Jockey Club delivers a significantly higher return to the community than any other racing and/or sports betting organisation in the world. As a socially responsible organisation, the Club helps Government combat illegal betting and advocates responsible gambling. The Club is also one of Hong Kong’s largest employers with over 24,800 full-time and part-time staff. Committed to global excellence and giving back to society, the Club is always “riding high together for a better future” with the people of Hong Kong. Please visit

SOURCE: Hong Kong Jockey Club.




Florida Brings Home An $80 Million Powerball® Jackpot Win!

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (April 13, 2015) -- The Florida Lottery announce that yet another lucky Florida Lottery player has hit it big playing a multi-state jackpot game. One ticket matched all five numbers and the Powerball in the Saturday, April 11, POWERBALL® drawing, winning the advertised $80 million jackpot.


"The multi-state game POWERBALL has created more than 182 Florida millionaires, including Saturday night's jackpot winner," said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell. "And, what we're really proud of, is the nearly $1.2 billion that has been raised for education thanks to POWERBALL sales."

The winning numbers were 1-12-32-42-58 and the Powerball was 12. The winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased at State Line Gift Shop, located at 11208 U.S. Highway 97 in McDavid. The retailer will receive $40,000 for selling the jackpot-winning ticket.

This is Florida's ninth POWERBALL jackpot winner since joining the game in 2009, including the record-setting $590.5 million jackpot. The winner of this POWERBALL jackpot has not yet come forward to claim their prize.


The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $27 billion to education and sending more than 700,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

The Florida Lottery reinvests nearly 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $46 billion in prizes and made more than 1,400 people millionaires. For more information, please visit:

SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.


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